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    Posted by LuisJavier on January 16, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Are trade-approved scales with certification necessary or are standard scales without being trade-approved (with certificate?) sufficient for running a home-business where I weigh butters and oils in grams and label my products in grams? Could you recommend a scale which weighs up to 2-5kg? Force-motor scales are quite interesting and generally seem to be more expensive than the strain-gage load cell scales; are they worth the expense if I will be selling creams and balms and possibly perfume in the future (very far future)? 

    mikethair replied 1 year ago 7 Members · 7 Replies
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  • VitalikButerin

    January 16, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    for a home business any reputable scale should be fine they give the +/- on the scale. business is expected to be 4% within the given range.

    many people use chinese lab scales which work fine for them too. 

  • Cafe33

    January 17, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    I personally found that the economy scales Uline sells are very high quality.  I think they are only in North America, not sure.

  • LuisJavier

    January 18, 2020 at 5:22 am

    In the UK, Adam equipment and Ohaus scales look good 

  • belassi

    January 20, 2020 at 1:26 am

    @Cafe33, agreed, I have a Uline 3Kg scale (0.1g increments) that came with two 500g calibration weights, plastic cover, and power supply, and it’s the scale I use most frequently. Really good item.

  • paulouk

    May 16, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    I’m also confused about what are the EU/UK legal requirements when it comes to scales. I was advised that:

    1) to weight finished products the scale would have to weigh in increments of 0.1g, be trade-approved and sent to calibration yearly;

    2) while to weigh ingredients for manufacturing the scale would have to weigh in increments of 0.01g, no need to be trade-approved and should be calibrated in-house by us (but I’m not sure what calibration frequency is ideal GMP).

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  • gordof

    May 17, 2023 at 5:46 am

    well, I think a scale for 2 kg should be able to give information about 0.01g increments so that your actives, etc can be weight correctly in any way if you go for the 0.5 % weight variance per increment/ Ingredient

    In Europe, u need to have a protokoll bock for your scale and it needs to be calibrated 1 time a year. which means you need to have a Standard 100 g weight and show that it still is not more than 0.01 g away from that 100g if you put it on after that it is ok for 1 year once a year you need to send away the standard weight to be checked externally.

    For Pharma GMP you would need to Test every day in the same manner and once a year a control person from outside the company needs to be there to check if what you are noting down in the Logbook is accurate and if the scale still works how it should be. although you need to check your standard 100g weight every 3 months.

  • mikethair

    May 19, 2023 at 3:32 am

    I have always had very good results with Ohaus scales.

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